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NICE issues new guidance on the treatment of eating disorders

08 June 2017

The British Psychological Society has welcomed the publication of the new eating disorders guidance by NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Professor Marie Reid from the University of Hull, who coordinated our response to the initial consultation, said:

'These guidelines are a welcome update that better reflect current psychological eating disorder interventions.

They also identify the need for further long-term randomised controlled trials of interventions in this field."

The new guideline has substantially revised NICE's guidance in this field, and some of the changes are particularly welcomed by the Society.

We are pleased it is now explicitly stated that, while children and adults services should follow NICE guidance on transition between these services, interventions should be tailored to the individual's age and level of development.

Students are also explicitly mentioned in the context of specifying that services should be coordinated in different places and at different times of the year.

We also welcome the new emphasis that professionals treating people with eating disorders should receive appropriate clinical supervision.

You can download the Eating Disorders: Recognition and Treatment guideline from the NICE website.

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